Choose An Extraordinary Life with Dr. Robert Jefress

Choose An Extraordinary Life with Dr. Robert Jefress

Discover your uniqueness and purpose with God's seven secrets for success and significance. Listen as Dr. Robert Jeffress offers keen insight into finding your giftings while you wait for God's timing. Hear how he drew from the life of Elijah for his book "Choosing the Extraordinary Life." You will be encouraged to keep praying, even when the answer seems impossible.

Dr. Jeffress is the senior pastor of the 13,000 member First Baptist Church, Dallas, Texas, and makes appearances on Fox News.

26 Minutes • 20 days ago

Episode Notes

Greenelines with

Dr. Steve Greene

Guest: Dr. Robert Jeffress

 

Many believers crave it, yet they do not live an extraordinary life. They long to discover a greater purpose for their lives, yet they don’t know how.

 

Pastor Robert Jeffress says God not only wants us to live a fulfilling life, but He has provided us a roadmap for doing so. Using the life of the prophet Elijah, the senior pastor of First Baptist Dallas says there are seven secrets from Elijah that will help people live a life of significance, satisfaction and success. 

 

Introduction

Dr. Steve Greene: I've often been confused by the definition of success. In fact, I think I've been confused most of my life. I'm easily confused. It was always out there somewhere beyond what I could think or imagine. Quotes about success pop up every day and speeches are seasoned with it. You can do it. Those cheerleaders and expectations about what I can do and how I can succeed. Some offer a recipe to success like this quote. “Some people dream of success while other people get up every morning and make it happen.” Well, that was intimidating to me. So, I was supposed to get up every morning and make it happen. My problem was, I just didn't have a good it. I had a why. I understood where I was and why I was there, but my it for success was lacking. So, I woke up with that kind of coaching in my head and went out there and tried to do it. I just didn't grasp it until the day I began serving as the Dean of the College of Business at Oral Roberts University. Even though I had a long faculty career and successful business career by somebody’s definition, I really didn't understand that word. When I transitioned from seeking success and began to focus on significance, things seem to change for me. A spiritual unction drew me to walk in a way that I've been seeking for far too long. Now I wake up every day every morning with only the thought of doing something that matters today, something significant. I get to define that what significant is today, but I'm going to be led to that place, and that's what I hope for more than anything else.

 

My guest today has keen insight into the difference between success and significance. It moved me as I read his book and certainly have seen him from afar for many years. He has written a page-turner book. He's got a great new book called Choosing the Extraordinary Life. Now listen to the subtitle: God’s 7 Secrets for Success and significance. You've probably seen Dr. Robert Jeffers on Fox News where he makes frequent appearances. He's a member of the executive committee of the White House faith initiative. His radio program has heard on 930 radio stations. He's the pastor of the 13,000-member First Baptist Church in Dallas. I'm so honored to say that he joins us today on the Greenelines podcast. We sure appreciate your work on behalf of our country and all that you do. We just honor you for that and pray for you and hope that you're able to continue that and still pastor your church. I want to start by asking you that question. How do you define an extraordinary life?

 

Some of Pastor Robert Jeffress’ Books

·         A Place Called Heaven: 10 Surprising Truths About Your Eternal Home

·         Not All Roads Lead to Heaven: Sharing an Exclusive Jesus in an Inclusive World

·         Countdown to Apocalypse: Why ISIS and Ebola are Only the Beginning

·         Perfect Ending: Why Your Eternal Future Matters Today

·         Twilight’s Last Gleaming: How America’s Last Days Can Be Your Best Days

 

Pastor Robert Jeffress: One of my predecessors at First Baptist Church in Dallas was the great preacher George W. Truett. He was pastor for 50 years at my church, and he had a great definition of success. He said success is finding God's will and doing it. I believe that's really what an extraordinary life is all about. In fact, it's the first of the seven secrets I talk about in Choosing the Extraordinary Life. I think we have to admit most Christians are not living an extraordinary life. I kind of think of the Chicago sewer worker who was one time asked why he did what he did. And he said, well, let me think. I dig the ditch to earn the money, to buy the bread to get the strength to dig the ditch. That's how many, many Christians are living their life. They get up, go to work, come home, eat supper, watch a little TV, go to bed and start the routine all over again. I think God has more in life for us than that. He wants us to connect our life purpose with his life purpose. The first secret we talk about in Choosing the Extraordinary Life is discovering your unique purpose in life. There is a unique reason God created you. He saved you and set you apart for his service.

 

Dr. Steve Greene: Well, you stole one of my questions, pastor and I really appreciate that. It's really tough on a host here. But I was going to segue with this question. I'm just going to jump there. The one question you get asked most often as a pastor has to circle around that question of God's will or your purpose. Isn’t that what you hear often in your pastoring?

 

·         Philippians 2:13: For God is the One working in you, both to will and to do His good pleasure” (MEV).

 

Pastor Robert Jeffress: Oh, absolutely. How do I know my purpose for living? Let's differentiate. We all have the same general purpose. God has created us to glorify Him, to tell his story of redemption through Jesus Christ. That's why God left us here instead of taking us to Heaven the moment He saved us. We’re to be here to be a witness for Him. I say it this way. We are here to tell God's story. But in addition to that, God is writing a unique story in our life to tell His story. When people talk about what is my purpose, we're talking about their unique purpose in living. I want to take that word story: S-T-O-R-Y, because I use that in chapter one of Choosing the Extraordinary Life as an acrostic to share the five ways you can discover your unique purpose. The S stands for Start with Scripture. The Bible is the beginning place. Now let's all admit it. Unless you're into being a shepherd or a tax collector, you're probably not going to find your vocation in the Bible. But at least reading the scripture reminds you of God's overall intention for your life and for His universe. So, Start with Scripture. The T in story stands for Talk to other people. The Bible says in a multitude of counselors, there is victory. And many times, God will use other people in your life to help reveal His purpose. I remember when I was in the ninth grade, I had a speech teacher named Miss Fry, Nancy Fry. She was a tough old woman. I mean, she wore what looked like army boots and she would stand up on her desk when we were standing up giving our speech and yell out, yell louder, I can't hear you. One day she said Jeffress, I want to talk to you after school. I was scared to death and we sat down she said Jeffress, you're going to be a preacher one day and that scares the bejeebers out of me because you could sell anybody anything. She he was the first person to ever envision for me that I was going to be a pastor and she turned out being right. Start with Scripture, talk to others and the O stands for obey your passions. One way that God reveals His purpose for our lives is the unique interests that we have. Philippians 2:13 says, God is working in you, giving you the desire as well as the power to do His will. What things interest you? What things excite you? In many ways, that's a way to determine what your unique purpose is. Then the R in story stands for Recognize your unique talents and abilities. If God calls you to do something, he's going to give you the gifts to be able to do it. Again, God is working in you, giving you the desire and the power that is the gifts to do His will. What do you do that just seems to come naturally? What is it that when you do this, other people look at you and say, ‘you know you were born to do that.’ That's one way to recognize your unique gifts. Then finally the Y in story stands for Yielding to the Holy Spirit's direction. Eventually, when God does show you what you're going to do, you have to decide whether or not you're going to yield to that direction. So, I think finding that unique purpose next to being saved is perhaps the greatest joy in life.

 

Robert Jeffress on Charisma

·         Robert Jeffress: The 2 Enemies of Giving Thanks

·         Robert Jeffress: The FBI Should Investigate Democratic Collusion

·         Robert Jeffress: The Logical Reason we are Absolutely Right About Christ

·         Robert Jeffress: What Would Jesus Do About Immigration

·         Jeffress: Senators Who Blocked Late-Term Abortion Ban are ‘Barbaric’

 

Dr. Steve Greene: That's a good word, pastor. Tell us what you teach about the life of Elijah. I was fascinated by it. I think it's one of your feature points. I teach from Elijah, but you really captured something I want you to share with us.

 

Pastor Robert Jeffress: Well, actually, in this book Choosing the Extraordinary Life: The 7 Secrets for Success and Significance, I glean from the life of Elijah. People say why did you choose Elijah as the background for this story? First of all, because he was an ordinary person. James in James 5 says he was an ordinary person. He had the same passions and the same problems you and I did. He had doubts he had moments of disobedience. He had moments of discouragement, and yet God used this ordinary person for an extraordinary purpose in his day in his culture. God can do the same with us. The second reason I chose Elijah because he lives in times like we live in. Often, I hear people say, oh, it's never been harder to be a believer than it is right now. The world's never been more evil than it is right now. Well, think again. Yes, it has. Ninth century BC Israel was much worse than the 21st century America today. The fact is, there were a lot of lukewarm followers of God, there were pagans, they were offering children as child sacrifices. And yet against this dark cultural background, God used Elijah is a bright hope, pointing people to God. So, that's why I chose Elijah. He's like we are. He lives in times like we live in.

 

Dr. Steve Greene: Give us a little hint on something you learned. Just take one of the points. I know you've got seven secrets, but tell us something you saw in Elijah’s life that catapulted you into writing about him.

 

Pastor Robert Jeffress: One of the secrets I talked about in Choosing the Extraordinary Life is waiting on God's timing. It was interesting in Elijah’s life that he burst onto the scene in 1 Kings 17. We don't know much about his background. He burst onto the scene. He makes this pronouncement to evil King Ahab that it's not going to rain for the next three years. Everybody's talking about this prophet Elijah, then God tells him to go hide for three years. He spends six months by the brook just depending on God for supernatural provisions. Then he lives with a widow for two and a half years. It was in that waiting time that God prepared Elijah for the next big thing in his life. I guess that stood out to me in that, instead of rebelling against that obscurity and that waiting time, Elijah learned the lessons he needed to learn. When you look throughout the Bible, God many times tells his servants to wait. I mean, Moses had to wait for 40 years on the back side of the desert before he became the liberator of the Israelites. Abraham and Sarah waited for decades until that child of promise was born. Paul was sent to Arabia for three years after he was converted to be taught things he needed to learn. What I say in this chapter wait on God's timing is waiting time doesn't have to be wasted time if you learn the lessons God wants you to learn. And I imagine there are people listening to the podcast right now, maybe it's a mom at home with some preschoolers or maybe it's somebody stuck in a monotonous job. Maybe it's a pastor serving in a church and it seems like nobody knows what he's doing right now. Again, God knows exactly what you are doing. He knows where you are. In due time, He will use you for his fantastic purpose.

 

For the rest of Dr. Greene’s interview with Pastor Robert Jeffress, please visit cpnshows.com.

 

Connect with Pastor Robert Jeffress

·         At Firstdallas.org

·         On Facebook

·         On Twitter

 

Greenelines Host Information

Dr. Steve Greene is the Publisher and Executive Vice President of Charisma Media. Dr. Greene received his Ph.D. in marketing from Memphis State University. He has worked in television station management and worked directly with over 80 stations throughout the United States. He has worked in marketing capacities with McDonald’s, Jiffy Lube, and Stanley Steemer. He has owned restaurants, a national advertising agency and a syndicated marketing research firm. Dr. Greene has served as the Dean of the College of Business and professor of marketing at Oral Roberts University. He is also the author of Love Leads, which dispels the myths and misconceptions many have come to accept about leadership.

To learn more about Dr. Steve Greene, connect with him on social media!

Facebook: https://facebook.com/drsgreene/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/DrSteveGreene

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/dr.stevegreene/

 

email: greenelines@charismamedia.com

Episode Notes

Greenelines with

Dr. Steve Greene

Guest: Dr. Robert Jeffress

 

Many believers crave it, yet they do not live an extraordinary life. They long to discover a greater purpose for their lives, yet they don’t know how.

 

Pastor Robert Jeffress says God not only wants us to live a fulfilling life, but He has provided us a roadmap for doing so. Using the life of the prophet Elijah, the senior pastor of First Baptist Dallas says there are seven secrets from Elijah that will help people live a life of significance, satisfaction and success. 

 

Introduction

Dr. Steve Greene: I've often been confused by the definition of success. In fact, I think I've been confused most of my life. I'm easily confused. It was always out there somewhere beyond what I could think or imagine. Quotes about success pop up every day and speeches are seasoned with it. You can do it. Those cheerleaders and expectations about what I can do and how I can succeed. Some offer a recipe to success like this quote. “Some people dream of success while other people get up every morning and make it happen.” Well, that was intimidating to me. So, I was supposed to get up every morning and make it happen. My problem was, I just didn't have a good it. I had a why. I understood where I was and why I was there, but my it for success was lacking. So, I woke up with that kind of coaching in my head and went out there and tried to do it. I just didn't grasp it until the day I began serving as the Dean of the College of Business at Oral Roberts University. Even though I had a long faculty career and successful business career by somebody’s definition, I really didn't understand that word. When I transitioned from seeking success and began to focus on significance, things seem to change for me. A spiritual unction drew me to walk in a way that I've been seeking for far too long. Now I wake up every day every morning with only the thought of doing something that matters today, something significant. I get to define that what significant is today, but I'm going to be led to that place, and that's what I hope for more than anything else.

 

My guest today has keen insight into the difference between success and significance. It moved me as I read his book and certainly have seen him from afar for many years. He has written a page-turner book. He's got a great new book called Choosing the Extraordinary Life. Now listen to the subtitle: God’s 7 Secrets for Success and significance. You've probably seen Dr. Robert Jeffers on Fox News where he makes frequent appearances. He's a member of the executive committee of the White House faith initiative. His radio program has heard on 930 radio stations. He's the pastor of the 13,000-member First Baptist Church in Dallas. I'm so honored to say that he joins us today on the Greenelines podcast. We sure appreciate your work on behalf of our country and all that you do. We just honor you for that and pray for you and hope that you're able to continue that and still pastor your church. I want to start by asking you that question. How do you define an extraordinary life?

 

Some of Pastor Robert Jeffress’ Books

·         A Place Called Heaven: 10 Surprising Truths About Your Eternal Home

·         Not All Roads Lead to Heaven: Sharing an Exclusive Jesus in an Inclusive World

·         Countdown to Apocalypse: Why ISIS and Ebola are Only the Beginning

·         Perfect Ending: Why Your Eternal Future Matters Today

·         Twilight’s Last Gleaming: How America’s Last Days Can Be Your Best Days

 

Pastor Robert Jeffress: One of my predecessors at First Baptist Church in Dallas was the great preacher George W. Truett. He was pastor for 50 years at my church, and he had a great definition of success. He said success is finding God's will and doing it. I believe that's really what an extraordinary life is all about. In fact, it's the first of the seven secrets I talk about in Choosing the Extraordinary Life. I think we have to admit most Christians are not living an extraordinary life. I kind of think of the Chicago sewer worker who was one time asked why he did what he did. And he said, well, let me think. I dig the ditch to earn the money, to buy the bread to get the strength to dig the ditch. That's how many, many Christians are living their life. They get up, go to work, come home, eat supper, watch a little TV, go to bed and start the routine all over again. I think God has more in life for us than that. He wants us to connect our life purpose with his life purpose. The first secret we talk about in Choosing the Extraordinary Life is discovering your unique purpose in life. There is a unique reason God created you. He saved you and set you apart for his service.

 

Dr. Steve Greene: Well, you stole one of my questions, pastor and I really appreciate that. It's really tough on a host here. But I was going to segue with this question. I'm just going to jump there. The one question you get asked most often as a pastor has to circle around that question of God's will or your purpose. Isn’t that what you hear often in your pastoring?

 

·         Philippians 2:13: For God is the One working in you, both to will and to do His good pleasure” (MEV).

 

Pastor Robert Jeffress: Oh, absolutely. How do I know my purpose for living? Let's differentiate. We all have the same general purpose. God has created us to glorify Him, to tell his story of redemption through Jesus Christ. That's why God left us here instead of taking us to Heaven the moment He saved us. We’re to be here to be a witness for Him. I say it this way. We are here to tell God's story. But in addition to that, God is writing a unique story in our life to tell His story. When people talk about what is my purpose, we're talking about their unique purpose in living. I want to take that word story: S-T-O-R-Y, because I use that in chapter one of Choosing the Extraordinary Life as an acrostic to share the five ways you can discover your unique purpose. The S stands for Start with Scripture. The Bible is the beginning place. Now let's all admit it. Unless you're into being a shepherd or a tax collector, you're probably not going to find your vocation in the Bible. But at least reading the scripture reminds you of God's overall intention for your life and for His universe. So, Start with Scripture. The T in story stands for Talk to other people. The Bible says in a multitude of counselors, there is victory. And many times, God will use other people in your life to help reveal His purpose. I remember when I was in the ninth grade, I had a speech teacher named Miss Fry, Nancy Fry. She was a tough old woman. I mean, she wore what looked like army boots and she would stand up on her desk when we were standing up giving our speech and yell out, yell louder, I can't hear you. One day she said Jeffress, I want to talk to you after school. I was scared to death and we sat down she said Jeffress, you're going to be a preacher one day and that scares the bejeebers out of me because you could sell anybody anything. She he was the first person to ever envision for me that I was going to be a pastor and she turned out being right. Start with Scripture, talk to others and the O stands for obey your passions. One way that God reveals His purpose for our lives is the unique interests that we have. Philippians 2:13 says, God is working in you, giving you the desire as well as the power to do His will. What things interest you? What things excite you? In many ways, that's a way to determine what your unique purpose is. Then the R in story stands for Recognize your unique talents and abilities. If God calls you to do something, he's going to give you the gifts to be able to do it. Again, God is working in you, giving you the desire and the power that is the gifts to do His will. What do you do that just seems to come naturally? What is it that when you do this, other people look at you and say, ‘you know you were born to do that.’ That's one way to recognize your unique gifts. Then finally the Y in story stands for Yielding to the Holy Spirit's direction. Eventually, when God does show you what you're going to do, you have to decide whether or not you're going to yield to that direction. So, I think finding that unique purpose next to being saved is perhaps the greatest joy in life.

 

Robert Jeffress on Charisma

·         Robert Jeffress: The 2 Enemies of Giving Thanks

·         Robert Jeffress: The FBI Should Investigate Democratic Collusion

·         Robert Jeffress: The Logical Reason we are Absolutely Right About Christ

·         Robert Jeffress: What Would Jesus Do About Immigration

·         Jeffress: Senators Who Blocked Late-Term Abortion Ban are ‘Barbaric’

 

Dr. Steve Greene: That's a good word, pastor. Tell us what you teach about the life of Elijah. I was fascinated by it. I think it's one of your feature points. I teach from Elijah, but you really captured something I want you to share with us.

 

Pastor Robert Jeffress: Well, actually, in this book Choosing the Extraordinary Life: The 7 Secrets for Success and Significance, I glean from the life of Elijah. People say why did you choose Elijah as the background for this story? First of all, because he was an ordinary person. James in James 5 says he was an ordinary person. He had the same passions and the same problems you and I did. He had doubts he had moments of disobedience. He had moments of discouragement, and yet God used this ordinary person for an extraordinary purpose in his day in his culture. God can do the same with us. The second reason I chose Elijah because he lives in times like we live in. Often, I hear people say, oh, it's never been harder to be a believer than it is right now. The world's never been more evil than it is right now. Well, think again. Yes, it has. Ninth century BC Israel was much worse than the 21st century America today. The fact is, there were a lot of lukewarm followers of God, there were pagans, they were offering children as child sacrifices. And yet against this dark cultural background, God used Elijah is a bright hope, pointing people to God. So, that's why I chose Elijah. He's like we are. He lives in times like we live in.

 

Dr. Steve Greene: Give us a little hint on something you learned. Just take one of the points. I know you've got seven secrets, but tell us something you saw in Elijah’s life that catapulted you into writing about him.

 

Pastor Robert Jeffress: One of the secrets I talked about in Choosing the Extraordinary Life is waiting on God's timing. It was interesting in Elijah’s life that he burst onto the scene in 1 Kings 17. We don't know much about his background. He burst onto the scene. He makes this pronouncement to evil King Ahab that it's not going to rain for the next three years. Everybody's talking about this prophet Elijah, then God tells him to go hide for three years. He spends six months by the brook just depending on God for supernatural provisions. Then he lives with a widow for two and a half years. It was in that waiting time that God prepared Elijah for the next big thing in his life. I guess that stood out to me in that, instead of rebelling against that obscurity and that waiting time, Elijah learned the lessons he needed to learn. When you look throughout the Bible, God many times tells his servants to wait. I mean, Moses had to wait for 40 years on the back side of the desert before he became the liberator of the Israelites. Abraham and Sarah waited for decades until that child of promise was born. Paul was sent to Arabia for three years after he was converted to be taught things he needed to learn. What I say in this chapter wait on God's timing is waiting time doesn't have to be wasted time if you learn the lessons God wants you to learn. And I imagine there are people listening to the podcast right now, maybe it's a mom at home with some preschoolers or maybe it's somebody stuck in a monotonous job. Maybe it's a pastor serving in a church and it seems like nobody knows what he's doing right now. Again, God knows exactly what you are doing. He knows where you are. In due time, He will use you for his fantastic purpose.

 

For the rest of Dr. Greene’s interview with Pastor Robert Jeffress, please visit cpnshows.com.

 

Connect with Pastor Robert Jeffress

·         At Firstdallas.org

·         On Facebook

·         On Twitter

 

Greenelines Host Information

Dr. Steve Greene is the Publisher and Executive Vice President of Charisma Media. Dr. Greene received his Ph.D. in marketing from Memphis State University. He has worked in television station management and worked directly with over 80 stations throughout the United States. He has worked in marketing capacities with McDonald’s, Jiffy Lube, and Stanley Steemer. He has owned restaurants, a national advertising agency and a syndicated marketing research firm. Dr. Greene has served as the Dean of the College of Business and professor of marketing at Oral Roberts University. He is also the author of Love Leads, which dispels the myths and misconceptions many have come to accept about leadership.

To learn more about Dr. Steve Greene, connect with him on social media!

Facebook: https://facebook.com/drsgreene/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/DrSteveGreene

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/dr.stevegreene/

 

email: greenelines@charismamedia.com

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